346: The Wooden Wave II Alexandria VA 1979


WOODEN WAVE II Richmond VA 1979 Dave Alexander


These photos are Dave Alexander, skating a ramp which was dubbed “the wooden wave II”.  The pictures were probably taken by Dave’s brother, Mike.  Dave, Mike, and  built this very sketchy but huge ramp out of mostly scrap wood next to the Telegraph Road / Duke Street overpass probably around 1979. Dave and Mike, and I lived on the same street growing up in Alexandria, and this was about a mile from where we lived.  We had built a previous wooden wave in the parking lot of an office building which lasted a week or so before we were ordered to tear it down.  This second incarnation was built right across a public sidewalk which served as the run-up.  The ramp was a total piece of crap, it shook when you hit the transition on the way up, but it was definitely fun to ride.  The thing was sixteen feet tall and the top piece of plywood was just barely over vertical (probably by accident).  This one lasted a few weeks until one day we showed up and it had been burned down.  Being built on public property right across a sidewalk, we knew it wouldn’t last long, but we figured the public works guys from the city would tear it down.  As it turns out, it served as a bon fire for someone instead, but it was fun while it lasted.  We built a series of these things all over Alexandria.  I know most skaters from back in the day did the same thing.  Good times…

John Egertson

Jason Oliva

That is a serious  home built classic. I guess in a way it was better that a firebug spotted it before some drunk teen on a YZ-80 made an Evil Keneivel go at it. It looks like the first incarnation of the mega ramp. I dig the 70’s entries.


4 thoughts on “346: The Wooden Wave II Alexandria VA 1979

  1. Mike A

    Thanks for posting the great pics John, i remember helping my brother Dave build it, and riding it with you and maybe a couple of other hard-core skaters the week or two it lasted in 1979.

    Scary-big, that’s how i remember it — that was the point. You’d get some serious speed coming down the long steep sidewalk (click-click, click-click, click-click…) to hit that thing, kinks and all…

    Dave was the master ramp builder, always making another, bigger skate ramp out of nothing, each one better than the last… Great times!

    –Mike A

  2. Robert Miller

    can someone help me. im sean miller’s cuz. i was looking for something on him so i can show my first son who i named after him. maybe someone has some video on him on point me in the right dir.


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